Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or d├ęcor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the 1950's Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking to waterfalls, ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I love the joy of anticipation and the celebration of holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What's On Our Happy List?

#2 Disneyland Trip 2008The family celebrated New Year's Eve by seeing Cirque Du Soleil, "Mystere" in Las Vegas. We then headed to Cali. for our annual Disney trip.

There were 18 of us on this trip this year, with both sides
of my family taking part in the fun. (Obviously, not
all pictured) On this particular day, my poor sister was back
in the hotel sicker than a dog.
One of our favorite rides...Pirates of the Caribbean




One of the last pictures I got before my camera broke. Uug!
Luckily we realized our video camera has a photo option. Me
without a camera in Disney is like a fish out of water.

Our second day there Grandpa got approached from one of the "dream team" staff members. We were lucky enough to get reserved seating for Fantasmic and the holiday fireworks and snow. It was magical!


One of my favorite memories was seeing the castle lit up
with the holiday decorations.....

Cousin Allie and Kyleigh, with Uncle Braden and his
girlfriend, Liz, waiting in line (which we did a lot of this trip.)
We think we'll keep to our mid January time schedule,
as we've done in previous years, instead of going over the
holidays. We can say we've experienced the holiday
decorations at least once, but that was the first and last time!



Watching the Evil Queen appear in the window of Snow
White's castle every few seconds helped entertain Brie as
we waited and WAITED to ride the Peter Pan ride.




Cousin Allie's thoughts on how crowded the park
was. We believe the park reached its capacity
one of the days we were there. I wouldn't be
surprised if this particular day was THAT day.
I found this moment quite funny!

Waiting to ride Splash Mountain...
Waiting to ride Indiana Jones.....

On Thunder Mountain.....
Emma and Kyleigh on Screamer with Uncle Louis and
Grandpa.


Tomorrow Land.....

Dori and Louis

Hannah and Emma with Uncle Ryan

We found this little section of the park with hardly any people, pretty darn hard to find on this trip. I had to get on video Uncle Dave's and Jaren's thoughts on the crowded park. This pretty much sums up how we felt about this year's trip.

2 comments:

  1. I hate crowded amusement parks, but it looks so fun to go with your whole family. What a fun tradition...I am so jealous!

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  2. By the way, I could just put a little ketchup on Brie Olivia and eat her up. She is so stinkin' cute. Arranged marriages are the way to go, so let's plan on her and Fisher. I have fixed it so that my kids marry into your family, Julie's and Kari's. That would be a perfect life for me.

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